The port of Mandalay has only one jetty for passengers, a repurposed barge, along the Ayeyarwaddy River. The port does not have any handling equipment and is suitable for general cargo only. There is no connection to the railroad. The main general cargo & fuel port is Shwe Kyat Yat, located 16km South of town close to the Ayeyarwaddy bridge (location: 21° 52' 37.3"N, 96° 00' 08.9"E). This port is privately managed by Sky & Moon co. for general cargo and Denko co. for fuel. Sky & Moon co. is operating a 25MT mobile crane from a barge for loading & off-loading, suitable for handing 20ft containers. The port is accessible for vessels & barges up to 1000 GRT and maximum 2.1m draft. (fuel port location: 21° 53' 28.7"N, 96° 00' 46.5"E). Maximum draft in the dry season is around 1.2m.
A new cargo port and container terminal is being developed by the regional government with JICA funding in Semeikhon (21° 44' 53.8"N, 95° 25' 23.4"E, Myingyan township), 47km North of Myingyan and 94km South-West of Mandalay. It is expected that a barge with 50MT crane will be floated and operational by August 2016 and additional handling equipment and infrastructure may be in place by 2018. As of June 2016 this port is lacking access roads suitable for heavy trucks from Nabuaing town and suitable port infrastructure and handing equipment. There is a concrete boat ramp and a 50MT crane, plus supporting offices.
Port website Semeikhon: http://www.mmidproject.com/SMP.aspx
Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Name : Mandalay
km: 16km South
Port's Complete Name
Shwe Kyat Yat Port of Mandalay
21° 52' 37.3"N (cargo), 21°58'16.04"N (pax)
96° 00' 08.9"E (cargo), 96° 3'22.08"E (pax)
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Inland Water Transport (IWT) department, Mandalay division
Management Contact Person
U Khin Maung Aye
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Airport Name: Mandalay International Airport
Airlines: Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, China Eastern, SilkAir, Thai airways, Thai Smile, Myanmar Airways Inter’l.
Shwe Kyat Yat Sky general cargo facility & mobile cranes
Shwe Kyat Yat Sky fuel port
Passenger port Jetty 1 (Steel boat of 45x8m)
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Inland Water Transport is responsible for the port operations. The passenger jetty (1) is located in town (location: 21°58'15.88"N, 96° 3'37.88"E). This jetty is mostly used for passenger boats for tourism by Century Ananda, Upland, Sun Far Co. Ltd.
The general cargo & fuel port is Shwe Kyat Yat, located outside town (location: 21° 52' 37.3"N, 96° 00' 08.9"E) and managed by a private company: Sky & Moon Co. Ltd. for general cargo and Denko Co. Ltd. for fuel (fuel port location: 21° 53' 28.7"N, 96° 00' 46.5"E).
Sky & Moon Co. Ltd.
Mr. Thant Zin Tun (Director)
No. 5, 34th St. at 68 th and 69th st., Mandalay
Phone: +95-9 5151648, +95-9-33116116
There is no congestion. The maximum draft is 2.1m (7 ft) and in the dry season average draft along the river is 1.2m (4ft). Maximum vessel size is 60m (200ft) length, 1000 GRT. 60 vessels visit average per month, about 720 per year. Near jetty (1) is a fuel barge with diesel for boats, which is being refuelled regularly from a government refinery in Chauk.
Yes / No
From <month> to <month>
Dry Season (low draft)
October to April
Major Import Campaigns
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Contact Sun & Moon Co. Ltd., the discharge rates depend on the type of cargo.
Ships are charged a standard fee for use of the waterway by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System (DWRIRS), under the Ministry of Transport & Communications. DWRIRS charges 0.20 Kyat/MT capacity/mile, per trip (rate as of Jun 2016). This is charged at the river stations Twantay, Nyaungdong, Pyay, Magway, Mandalay and Kathar and for the Chindwin river at Monywa and Kalewa.
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
2.1m / 1000 GRT
2m, of Sky&Moon
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Yes, Shwe Kyat Yat
Port Handling Equipment
There is no handling equipment at the passenger terminal.
At the general cargo port Shwe Kyat Yat Sky & Moon Co. Ltd. is operating a barge with a 25MT crane truck on it for loading and offloading vessels. In total they have three cranes. Sun & Moon has trucks, flatbed 16 wheeler: 12x30MT, closed body 12-wheeler: 2x16MT and can organize up to 20 barges of 67mx16mx3.5m draft.
(Yes / No)
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
(1) 25MT, (1) 35MT, (1) 17MT capacity with steel tracks
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
Sky & Moon Co. Ltd. can handle 20ft containers, but containers are not commonly used.
There is no customs office available.
Grain and Bulk Handling
Main Storage Terminal
Number of Storage Facilities
Area (square meters)
Daily workers are arranged by by private businesses themselves. Due to low volume of cargo this is no longer handled by the Township Labour Exchange Office.
There is no direct connection with the railway from the passenger or general cargo/fuel port.
The railway cargo terminal is about 6.7km away from the passenger port, by road through downtown Mandalay, with railway connections to Monywa, Bagan, Yangon and Myitkyina.
From Shwe Kyat Yat Sky port there is quick access for trucks via the primary roads to Mandalay, Monywa and Nay Pyi Taw.
From Semeikhon port there is a 22km new gravel road that leads to a new industrial park development project near Myo Thar. However, access to the nearest tarmac road from Semeikhon is minimum 18.5 km / 1 hour via narrow dirt roads, not suitable for heavy trucks. Until road infrastructure to Semeikhon is improved, this port has no attractive hinterland connection for trucks.
Semeikhon boat ramp
Semeikhon 50MT crane
Simeekhon future plan
There is no port security and no perimeter fencing.
Current ISPS Level